A Gunfighter’s Promise is a 233 page story about a Gunfighter by the name of David Liley. At age 18, he left his mother, father, three brothers and two sisters and set out on his own, relying on his gun hand to make a living and a reputation for himself.
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A Gunfighter’s Promise is a 233 page story about a Gunfighter by the name of David Liley. At age 18, he left his mother, father, three brothers and two sisters and set out on his own, relying on his gun hand to make a living and a reputation for himself. James and Elizabeth Liley were constantly worried news would come that David had been killed or was in some jail accused of murder.
But they also knew there was nothing they could do but pray he one day would come back home. Jim, Patrick, and his brother Curt ran a sawmill business with their father on their ranch just outside Marble, Colorado. Their sisters, Karen and Cheryl helped their mother around the ranch, raising hogs and chickens, growing a huge garden and apple orchard which provided them additional income selling vegetables and fruit in town.
Shortly after David returns home; his father and brother Curt are ambushed and murdered. After the posse following the trail of the killers are found murdered; David, Jim and Patrick along with a neighbor; Sam Bates are “Deputized” to hunt down their families killers. One day, when David stops an angry mountain man who is beating a woman to death, a gunfight ensues and David has to kill him.
When David’s friend, Sam Bates is jumped by horse thieves and turns up missing, David tracks the horse thieves to their camp after being jumped by a large cougar and a gunfight ensues. David settles down to his new life as a husband, rancher after Pamela gives birth to his son. One day a gunfighter comes to Marble and confronts David in the street to find out who really is the “Fastest Gun.” After that gunfight, Pamela will make David choose between his life as a gunfighter and that of a husband, rancher and father.
Sitting in a buckboard was a pretty gal in a blue dress with pink lace dress. She looked frightened as she looked down at the floor of the buckboard as the hulking mountain man beside her began calling her names. David could see her trembling and about ready to burst into tears. The next thing David knew, the big man with one push of his arm, shoved the woman down into the muddy street.
What David saw next stunned him. The big man jumped down from the wagon and began to strike the woman with his fist again and again before shoving her face into the mud. Desperate to breathe the woman flung her arms but the man outweighed her and was hell bent on killing her.
David looked around and saw other men just staring in shock. No one was intervening to save the life of the woman.
Without a moment to lose, David ran to the aid of the woman as Elizabeth turned and watched her son begin a battle for his life. Although the stranger was much larger then David, he took the fight right to him and kicked him off the woman. As the woman fell over too; she gasped for air as she spit mud out of her mouth. Her eye was swollen shut and Elizabeth saw her bleeding and ran to her, lifting her up and getting her away from the two men fighting.
Elizabeth had never seen her son in a fight before and certainly not with anyone so large. It was an all out brawl. Neither the big man nor her son gave an inch. Neither showed any hesitation to quit. By now Elizabeth was screaming for someone to get the sheriff. Both men were bleeding though she couldn’t tell who was hurt more. All she knew was that both men wore guns and it was only a matter of moments before one of them would draw and take the other man’s life.
By now, Elizabeth held the injured woman close to her. She was terrified. Too terrified to speak, too terrified to run, all she could do was watch the fight unfold. Death had come to the main streets of Marble that day and death was approaching quickly, but which soul he would take, was Elizabeth’s only thought. No one saw the Sheriff running up to where the two men were wrestling and fighting.
The big man’s eyes were filled with a hateful rage. The same rage David saw when the stranger began trying to kill the woman his mother had pulled to safety. At one point, Elizabeth saw her son smash his big right hand into the jaw of the mountain man again and again. She wondered how any man could take so many blows and keep fighting? It was as if David were fighting Satan himself. Just when it looked like David might make the man give up, David slipped in the mud and fell to the ground.
David never heard his mother’s pleas to the other men gathered around watching to break up the fight. The mountain man never heard the firm orders of Sheriff Simmons as he shouted…”Break it up now!” In the next moment, the big man, his face bloodied from cuts to his mouth, nose and right eye, stepped back and pulled out his 45. Carefully he aimed his gun at David’s chest. Before David had a chance to reach for his gun, the sound of a 45 echoed through the air.
The huge mountain man took a step backwards; his eyes still filled with hate and he fell backwards, falling dead in the muddy street. Sheriff Simmons had no choice but to kill the man. Another second and David would have been killed. Gun smoke lingered in the air as Sheriff Simmons walked over to the dead man and checked to see if he was still breathing. But his aim was straight and true and the 45 slug struck the big man right in the heart.
Next we went over and helped David to his feet asking him what the fight was about. Sheriff Simmons also asked if anyone knew who the dead man was. No one came forward. David, covered in mud, bruised and bleeding from the nonstop brutal fight for his life told the sheriff he had witnessed the mountain man beating a defenseless woman, trying to drown her in the muddy street. He pointed to the young woman crying beside his mother who was holding the woman he saved.
As the sheriff made his way over to Elizabeth and the woman, he asked a man to go fetch the undertaker. He asked two men watching to get the dead man and the wagon out of the street so other wagons could pass through town. As David stood beside the two women and the sheriff, he heard the woman tell the sheriff her name was Pamela. She also said she really didn’t know the dead man that well.